NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Vince Boyle of Torresdale-Frankford CC edged Edward McCrossen, Jr., of Whitemarsh Valley CC in a sudden-death playoff to capture Tuesday’s Christman Cup at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,335 yards).
The home-club hopeful sealed victory on No. 17 (par 3, 190 yards), the second playoff hole, after his tee-shot – a 7-iron – landed about 30-feet from the flagstick. Boyle two-putted for par while McCrossen bogeyed.
“It feels awesome. I’m just glad that I had a shot at it,” Boyle said. “I was really happy about that. I really didn’t think I had a shot. I figured that I was out.”
During his first two rounds, McCrossen, of Ambler, Pa., used his 5-iron on No. 17, but found the back edge of the green on both occasions. He switched to a 6-iron in the playoff, but again crushed his tee shot about 50 yards over the green.
“There’s no way to get up-and-down from there,” McCrossen, 17, said.
Both players two-putted for par on No. 10 (par 5, 484 yards), the first playoff hole. Prior to the playoff, Boyle, of Northeast Philadelphia, Pa., anxiously roamed around his home clubhouse for about two hours – wondering if his 36-hole total of 148 would hold up. McCrossen had a chance to triumph in regulation, but he bogeyed his 36th hole of the day (par 3, 158 yards) to finish his second round at 3-over-par 73.
Like Boyle, McCrossen didn’t think he had a chance at winning the tournament after 36 holes.
“There were a lot of opportunities on the course to make birdies,” McCrossen said. “I started making some bogeys, and I thought 3 or 5-over would win, and I was 7 or 8-over par.”
Boyle ended his first round with a 6-over-par 76, which included an eagle on No. 10 (par 5, 484 yards). After his drive found the fairway, Boyle drilled a 5-wood about 225 yards and sunk the ensuing 40-footer.
“I wasn’t hitting the ball that great, but I was making putts, like always,” he said.
But Boyle went on to bogey four of his last five holes. He intensified his focus for the afternoon session by carding a 2-over-par 72. Boyle fired birdies on his 32nd (No. 5, par 4, 318 yards) and 33rd (No. 6, par 4, 418 yards) holes of the day.
“I got in a groove,” he said. “I just feel comfortable out here. It’s my home course. I felt confident on the greens. I know all of the reads. I knew I had to score low [in the afternoon], because 6 over wasn’t cutting it.”
Zachary Herr of Jericho National GC, the reigning Junior Boys’ Champion, held a two-stroke lead entering the afternoon session. The New Hope, Pa., resident rolled in a downhill 40-footer for eagle on No. 16 (par 5, 562 yards) after pounding his second shot – a 3-wood – from 270 yards out.
“I jammed it in there,” Herr said.
Herr also registered birdies on Nos. 10 (par 5, 484 yards) and 12 (par 4, 331 yards) in the morning session. He drained a three-footer on No. 10 and an eight-footer on No. 12 after knocking his lob wedge about 80 yards.
NOTES – Boyle played alongside Aaron Burton of Philadelphia Publinks GA, who defeated him in the Junior Boys’ Championship quarterfinals last month…Only 16 players in Tuesday’s field of 52 made par or better on No. 17 (par 3, 190 yards)…Christopher Crawford of Lu Lu CC, Zachary Dilcher of Hartefeld National and Davis Schaller of Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa each carded a 4-over-par 74 in the first round of play. In fact, Dilcher fired five birdies, including back-to-back-to-back on Nos. 5, 6, and 7. However, the Avondale, Pa. resident registered six bogies and six double-bogies in the afternoon session to finish the tournament at 24-over-par 164…Greg Jarmas of Philadelphia Publinks GA was the only other player to card a 2-over-par 72 in the second round. Jarmas defeated Schaller in a match of cards to finish third.
|Name||Club||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Total|
|#Vince Boyle||Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||76||72||148|
|Edward McCrossen, Jr.||Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||75||73||148|
|Davis Schaller||Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa||74||75||149|
|Greg Jarmas||Philadelphia Publinks GA||77||72||149|
|Michael Johnson||Talamore Country Club||75||75||150|
|Russell Hartung||Doylestown Country Club||76||75||151|
|Zachary Herr||Jericho National Golf Club||72||79||151|
|Garrett Conway||Burlington Country Club||75||77||152|
|Max Matejik||Yardley Country Club||75||77||152|
|Christopher Crawford||Lu Lu Country Club||74||79||153|
|Matt Pulos||St. Davids Golf Club||77||76||153|
|Jack Ulan||Cedarbrook Country Club||76||77||153|
|Matt Cocco||Commonwealth National Golf Club||80||73||153|
|Tucker Koch||RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||77||77||154|
|Blayze DiPasquale||Jericho National Golf Club||76||78||154|
|Mike Hartsough||Edgmont Country Club||76||78||154|
|James Tallent||Merion Golf Club||75||79||154|
|Kyle Raudenbush||Pine Valley Golf Club||78||76||154|
|Luke Liddell||Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||77||78||155|
|Rich Thorpe||Lu Lu Country Club||79||77||156|
|Chris Szal, Jr.||Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||79||77||156|
|Paul Carbone, Jr.||Old York Road Country Club||84||73||157|
|Bobby Wurtz||Philadelphia Cricket Club||75||82||157|
|Charles Castellano||Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour||80||77||157|
|Charles Cai||Mercer Oaks Golf Course||78||80||158|
|Ted Brennan||Philadelphia Country Club||80||79||159|
|Cameron Liebert||White Manor Country Club||83||78||161|
|Joseph Gunerman||Yardley Country Club||82||79||161|
|Austin List||Merion Golf Club||78||83||161|
|Kyle Hunter||Commonwealth National Golf Club||83||79||162|
|George Braun||Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||83||80||163|
|Jack Russell||Philadelphia Cricket Club||85||79||164|
|Jack Rosenberg||Waynesborough Country Club||79||85||164|
|Zachary Dilcher||Hartefeld National||74||90||164|
|Benjamin Cooley||Lu Lu Country Club||78||87||165|
|Aaron Burton||Philadelphia Publinks GA||83||82||165|
|Evan Galbreath||Philmont Country Club||85||80||165|
|John Leighton||Huntingdon Valley Country Club||83||84||167|
|Jim Kramarski||Riverton Country Club||80||87||167|
|Daniel Novak||Talamore Country Club||82||86||168|
|Edmond Fenton||Jericho National Golf Club||82||86||168|
|Blaise Hopkins||Jericho National Golf Club||86||83||169|
|Ryan Worthy||Merion Golf Club||86||84||170|
|Justin Smith||Lu Lu Country Club||83||89||172|
|Oliver White||Manufacturers Golf & Country Club||88||88||17|
|Robert Hoeppner||Commonwealth National Golf Club||87||91||178|
|Gregory Devine||Llanerch Country Club||93||86||179|
|Joseph Rueter, Jr.||Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||89||91||180|
|Christian Holt||Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||101||WD||WD|
|#-won in playoff; WD-withdrawal|